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Under the umbrella of the VP for Academic Affairs, the Office of Enrichment Programs produces and delivers the two-week-long hallmark event at KAUST, the Winter Enrichment Program (WEP); TEDx KAUST; the Artists-in-Labs programs; and the Enrichment in the Fall program. The Office of Enrichment Programs puts on festival-style events designed to enrich and inspire participants through lectures, workshops, entrepreneurial, cultural and recreational events that are not typically found in academic programs.
Since 2010, the Office has produced a total of 1,430 events, invited 1,230 international and in-Kingdom speakers and attracted a cumulative audience of 100,450 attendees from the KAUST community and the Kingdom. The events can also be experienced online, and the 2018 WEP program reached 2.2 million people.
A selection of past keynote speakers includes Abdullatif A. Al Othman, governor and chairman of the board of SAGIA; Dirk Ahlborn, CEO at Hyperloop; Carolyn Porco, Imaging Science team leader of the NASA Cassini Mission; artist Theo Jansen; and Kip Thorne, a Nobel laureate in physics from Caltech.
Watch this video produced by four interns (PsiCo Team) under the supervision of Marketing Communications and the Enrichment Office highlighting the 2018 Winter Enrichment Program.
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